Nov. 18--Familiar names like Lego, Barbie, Monopoly and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles appear on this year's list of hot toys for Christmas.
Howard Davidowitz, chairman of Davidowitz and Associates, a national retail consulting and investment banking firm headquartered in New York, acknowledged there are familiar names, but offered some caution.
"There are a lot of old names," he said. "Some (toys) are the same but most are reconceptualized."
Among the familiar names on Davidowitz's hot toys list is Hot Wheels.
"Hot Wheels All-Terrain made by Mattel is on fire," he said. "Doc McStuffins checkup doll is super hot. The Never Land Pirates' Jake's Musical Pirate Ship Bucky is fantastic. There are also Microchargers Time Track and Gelarti Designer studio, both by Moose Toys, and all of the stuffed Furby."
Hasbro's Furby toys lead the list for girls, and is also on the lists of Boscov's, Toys R Us and Walmart.
Monopoly Millionaires leads the list of toys for boys and girls, along with the Crayola Digital Light Sensor and Crayola Marker Air Brush, and the Playskool Rocktivity Walk 'N Roll Rider.
Most toys on the list for boys and girls are computer toys, like the Leapfrog LeapPad 2, the Tabeo electronic kids' tablet, the Vtech Inno-Tab learning app tablet, the Wii U, the Little Tikes i-Tike Map, the Oregon Scientific Meep Tablet, various game apps like the Wow Wee Game apps for the iPhone and iPad, which is popular for boys.
The Never Land Pirates toys lead the list for preschoolers. Other Fisher-Price offerings this year include the Imaginext Batcave, the Imaginext Eagle Talon Castle play set, and the Serving Surprises kitchen table.
Aside from Furby, another popular Hasbro toy is Laugh Out Loud Elmo.
Barbie leads the list for girls, with the Holiday Barbie 2012 and the Barbie Sisters Cruise Ship.
The Lalaloopsy Silly Hair Star Melody B. Sharp interactive doll is on the list of all three retailers.
Disney's Doc McStuffins Time for Your Checkup doll is on the lists of Walmart and Toys-R-Us.
Other dolls for girls are the Baby Alive Baby Wanna Walk doll, the Novi Stars dolls and 1D collector dolls.
The Gelarti designer studio leads the list of play sets for girls, along with the Mattel's Monster High high school and Yippits Figit Friends, and the Little People Disney Princess Songs Palace.
The list of boys' play sets, meant for younger boys, is led by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secret Sewer Lair, the Beyblade Destroyer Dome play set and the Skylanders Giants starter pack.
Boscov's and Toys R Us both have the Lego Ninjago Epic Dragon Battle on of its lists.
There are plenty of choices for the older boys. Aside from the Microchargers Time Track, which is also on the Toys R Us list, there are the Mattel Hot Wheels wall tracks and Beyblades, which is on the Boscov's and Walmart lists.
There are also various remote-control helicopters, like the Air Hogs Hover Assault radio-controlled helicopter.
Other toys for older boys include two scooters, the Razor Pocket Mod electric scooter and the Yvolution Y floor scooter; the Power Wheels Dome Racer 12-volt battery-powered ride-on; the Nerf-N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire Blaster, and the Hot Wheels Terrain Twister remote-control vehicle.
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